(Closed) Outdoor wedding – am I nuts?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am also having both my ceremony and reception at an outdoor venue, so no, I don’t think you’re crazy.  I think it might be a good idea to check into tents, awnings, etc. just to be on the safe side.  Maybe something decorative that adds to the atomosphere of your venue.

Post # 4
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

UHHHH, hate to rain on your parade (ha!) but I think you should have a back-up plan because what are you going to do if there is a freak rain storm or something? A lot of tent rental companies allow you to put a deposit on a tent and then decide a few days before the wedding weather (ha, another pun!) or not you need it…because it would definitely SUCK if you don’t have a rain plan and then it rains….My wedding’s outdoors but we have a back-up plan if it rains…

Post # 5
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am having both outside and also don’t have a backup plan. The wedding will be just North of Spokane, so I don’t think we’ll have an issue if we need to find somewhere to go if it rains on the reception. = )

Post # 6
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Just in case someone else finds this post later down the road (I’m assuming your already married!) I thought I’d chime in too! Although the weather in Eastern Wa is drastically different than Seattle – it never hurts to check the average weather on your wedding date at your specific location. That might help you in planning a back up strategy (IF it’s even necessary!) This helped me out a lot in planning my exact wedding date! It also has great tips for planning outdoor events. Check it out –



Post # 7
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Thanks ProudPeacock! I’ll check that out; I stumbled upon this today!

Post # 8
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I used that weather channel planner and I know that for the area, there usually isn’t a lot of rain in August.  The week of my wedding there were two freak hurricanes sitting off the coast a couple hundred miles away and it literally poured BUCKETS!!

We had a tent for the reception and I was told (by my dad) that we could get a tent for the ceremony at the last minute if necessary.  It rained all morning, so we called for the ceremony tent.  It was only big enough for us and the first few rows of people!  My husband went to every little store in town and bought every poncho he could find.  In the end, it stopped raining long enough for the ceremony and some pictures, we REALLY lucked out. 

I’m not saying that you need to have a second location booked in case of rain but at least have a FULL SIZE tent available with sides.

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